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AB Government: National Indigenous Peoples Day celebration
Alberta is kicking off National Indigenous Peoples Day with a free public celebratory event on June 20.
The sounds and colours of dancing, drumming and singing by Indigenous artists will fill the main floor of Edmonton City Centre over the noon hour.
“On the longest day, the pride and vibrancy of Indigenous Peoples shine across our province. Throughout June, we celebrate Indigenous Peoples, who contribute to the social and economic life of our province. While June is a special time to celebrate Indigenous Peoples in Alberta, let’s continue to reach out to Indigenous Peoples all through the year, with greater understanding.”
National Indigenous Peoples Day, which officially takes place on June 21, was first proclaimed in 1996 by the federal government. It is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions – past, present, and future – of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people.
- Alberta is home to more than 258,000 Indigenous Peoples.
- There are 48 First Nations in Alberta.
- Alberta is home to more than 114,000 Métis people and it is the only province with a recognized Métis land base – the eight Métis Settlements.
There are 2,500 Inuit living in Alberta.
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